In February 2000, three families from Denmark travelled to China to adopt three daughters. We, the Maak-Bloom family, Lene, Steven and our 13 year-old son, were travelling to China to adopt, Yanmei, our 2,5 year old daughter, living in Jinchang, Gansu province. This was the culmination of a 2 year adoption process, that started in February 1998, when we sent the papers to start the process.
We left Copenhagen on February 23rd 2000, and were in China for a total of 11 days, flying first to Beijing, where we stayed a couple of days, then on to Lanzhou, the administrative capital of Gansu province. Yanmei was from Jinchang, a further 300 kilometres NNW from Lanzhou. She was brought overnight by train and “Gotcha” day was the 28th February 2000.
We left Copenhagen with just 48 hours notice – yes just 2 days! Due to some prior complications with the medical information about Yanmei, we had expected to leave a month after the other group members, the last of who were due to leave on February 23rd. However, in the early evening of February 21st, our agency called us and “proposed” that we could just as well leave with the others on the 23rd – we were totally unprepared.
This was the start to hectic couple of days and a memorable start to our trip to China. Read our day-by-day description of the preparation and the actual trip to China and the adoption of Yanmei.